Sheriff’s office investigating social media threat at Fayette County high school; football game closed to spectators

Published: Sep. 17, 2021 at 12:38 PM CDT
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SOMERVILLE, Tenn. (WMC) - The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a social media threat against a school in Somerville, Tennessee Friday.

According to Fayette County Schools, administrators called law enforcement after learning about the threat against Fayette-Ware High School.

FCSO spokesman Ray Garcia says it stems from a social media photo of a gun with a threatening message; however, he says the same image appears elsewhere on the internet and may not be connected to the school.

A statement from Fayette County Schools says there is “no immediate threat to any students or staff.”

The school was placed on a precautionary lockdown Friday while law enforcement investigated.

All after school classes were canceled while law enforcement investigated.

Upon further investigation, the sheriff’s office says the original version of the altered picture came from a student in Fayette, Missouri. The photo ended up in the hands of a local student who captioned it to indicate Fayette Ware High School before sending it out as a prank.

The sheriff’s office says authorities in Missouri have been made aware of the situation. Charges against the Fayette Ware student are pending due to the seriousness of the situation and the disruption that it caused.

The district announced later in the afternoon Friday night’s football game between Fayette-Ware High School and Melrose is closed to spectators. Any tickets sold in advance will be refunded.

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